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Tuesday, 17 November 1959

Mr DALY (Grayndler) .- The honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes) has brought an important point to the attention of the committee. In clause 2 of the original bill we find it stated that the act shall come into operation on the 1st day of January, 1960.

Mr Wight - On what date does the honorable member wish it to be proclaimed?

Mr DALY - Honorable members may choose to laugh about this, but I assure them that it is of importance. The honorable member for Lilley knows very little about it. I resent the fact that the Attorney-General and other Government supporters, on a supposedly non-party measure, voted as one man, in a government bloc, with the exception of the honorable member for Chisholm. That proves that it was treated as a party matter, lock, stock and barrel. The honorable member for Chisholm was the only one with the courage of his convictions. He is the only one who is prepared to stand up on that side of the Parliament and vote for a full investigation.

One matter that a select committee could well have a look at is: Why did the AttorneyGeneral incorporate in the bill a provision that it was to come into operation on 1st January, 1960, and why does he seek now to change that to " a date to be fixed by proclamation"? That might well be ten years from now. It might be any time. That shows that the Government is rushing this legislation through. The Attorney-General was prepared to say anything at the secondreading stage in order to put it over the Australian people.

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